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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102921/perceived-consequences-changeability-and-personal-control-of-coronary-heart-disease-are-associated-with-health-related-quality-of-life
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Arun K Sigurdardottir, Kolbrún Sigurlásdóttir, Kjartan Ólafsson, Margrét Hrönn Svavarsdóttir
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore changes in illness perception and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the time when patients were discharged from hospital and five months later and to investigate association between illness perception and physical and mental HRQOL at five months follow up. BACKGROUND: Illness perception is known to influence patients' motivation to engage in preventive behavior...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102860/psychological-interventions-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Sarah Ballou, Laurie Keefer
Psychological interventions have been designed and implemented effectively in a wide range of medical conditions, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). The psychological treatments for IBS and IBD with the strongest evidence base include: cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and mindfulness-based therapies. The evidence for each of these therapies is reviewed here for both IBS and IBD. In general, there is a stronger and larger evidence base to support the use of psychological interventions in IBS compared with IBD...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102826/ceramic-particle-engulfment-by-fibroblasts-does-not-alter-at-all-cell-behavior
#4
Pierre-Antoine Faye, Olivier Roualdes, Fabrice Rossignol, Daniel Jean Hartmann, Alexis Desmoulière
Despite many studies, the impact of ceramic particles on cell behavior remains still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of ceramic nano-sized particles on fibroblastic cells. Fibroblasts (dermal fibroblasts freshly isolated from skin samples and WI26 fibroblastic cells) were cultured in monolayer in the presence of alumina or cerium-zirconia particles (��� 50 nm diameter) at two concentrations (100 or 500 ��g.mL-1). Fluorescent alumina particles were also used. Cell morphology, cytoplasmic ceramic incorporation using confocal and transmission electron microscopy, and migration using silicon insert, were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102690/ph-sensitive-adsorption-behavior-of-polymer-particles-at-the-air-water-interface
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Syuji Fujii, Emiko Mouri, Ko Akiyama, Saori Nakayama, Kyohei Uda, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Hideki Matsuoka
pH-Sensitive adsorption of polymer particles bearing poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] hairs at the air-water interface was investigated using a surface tensiometer, a Langmuir-Blodgett trough and an X-ray reflectometer. We clarified that the particles adsorb at the interface at basic pH; by contrast, at acidic pH, a small number of particles are adsorbed, whereas the majority are dispersed in the water phase. X-ray reflectometry analysis revealed that a particle monolayer was formed at the air-water interface, which packed densely under increasing surface pressure, as determined by the electron density profile change...
January 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102678/a-self-assembled-cofacial-cobalt-porphyrin-prism-for-oxygen-reduction-catalysis
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Amanda N Oldacre, Alan E Friedman, Timothy R Cook
Herein we report the first study of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyzed by a cofacial porphyrin scaffold accessed in high yield (overall 53%) using coordination-driven self-assembly with no chromatographic purification steps. The ORR activity was investigated using chemical and electrochemical techniques on monomeric cobalt(II) tetra(meso-4-pyridyl)porphyrinate (CoTPyP) and its cofacial analogue [Ru8(η(6)-iPrC6H4Me)8(dhbq)4(CoTPyP)2][OTf]8 (Co Prism) (dhbq = 2,5-dihydroxy-1,4-benzoquinato, OTf = triflate) as homogeneous oxygen reduction catalysts...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102666/a-simulation-approach-for-timing-analysis-of-genetic-logic-circuits
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Hasan Baig, Jan Madsen
Constructing genetic logic circuits is an application of synthetic biology, where parts of the DNA of a living cell are engineered to perform a dedicated Boolean function triggered by appropriate concentration levels of certain proteins or by different genetic components. These logic circuits work in a manner similar to electronic logic circuits, but are much more stochastic and hence much harder to characterize. In this paper, we introduce an approach to analyze the threshold value and timing of genetic logic circuits...
January 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102641/evidence-of-a-reduction-over-time-in-the-behavioral-severity-of-autistic-disorder-diagnoses
#8
Andrew J O Whitehouse, Matthew N Cooper, Keely Bebbington, Gail Alvares, Ashleigh Lin, John Wray, Emma J Glasson
The increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may in part be due to a shift in the diagnostic threshold that has led to individuals with a less severe behavioral phenotype receiving a clinical diagnosis. This study examined whether there were changes over time in the qualitative and quantitative phenotype of individuals who received the diagnosis of Autistic Disorder. Data were from a prospective register of new diagnoses in Western Australia (n = 1252). From 2000 to 2006, we examined differences in both the percentage of newly diagnosed cases that met each criterion as well as severity ratings of the behaviors observed (not met, partially met, mild/moderate and extreme)...
January 19, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102595/-they-can-t-find-anything-wrong-with-him-yet-mothers-experiences-of-parenting-an-infant-with-a-prenatally-diagnosed-copy-number-variant-cnv
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Allison Werner-Lin, Sarah Walser, Frances K Barg, Barbara A Bernhardt
Chromosome microarray (CMA) testing is used widely in prenatal settings. Some copy number variants (CNVs) detected using CMA are associated with variable or uncertain phenotype and/or possible neurocognitive involvement. Little is known about parenting an infant following such findings. Researchers conducted interviews with 23 mothers of infants diagnosed prenatally with a potentially pathogenic CNV to elicit perspectives on the child's development and disclosure of results to others. Interviews were audiotaped and analyzed for common themes...
February 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102556/structurally-stable-attractive-nanoscale-emulsions-with-dipole-dipole-interaction-driven-interdrop-percolation
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Kyounghee Shin, Gyeonghyeon Gong, Jonas Cuadrado, Serim Jeon, Mintae Seo, Hong Sung Choi, Jae Sung Hwang, Youngbok Lee, Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Jin Woong Kim
This study introduces an extremely stable attractive nanoscale emulsion fluid, in which the amphiphilic block copolymer, poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL), is tightly packed with lecithin, thereby forming a mechanically robust thin-film at the oil-water interface. The molecular association of PEO-b-PCL with lecithin is critical for formation of a tighter and denser molecular assembly at the interface, which is systematically confirmed by T2 relaxation and DSC analyses. Moreover, our suspension rheology studies also reflect the interdroplet attractions over a wide volume fraction range of the dispersed oil phase; this results in a percolated network of stable drops that exhibit no signs of coalescence or phase separation...
January 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102526/hormonal-and-reproductive-factors-and-the-risk-of-ovarian-cancer
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Anita Koushik, Anne Grundy, Michal Abrahamowicz, Jocelyne Arseneau, Lucy Gilbert, Walter H Gotlieb, Julie Lacaille, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Marie-Élise Parent, Diane M Provencher, Lesley Richardson, Jack Siemiatycki
PURPOSE: Hormone-related factors have been associated with ovarian cancer, the strongest being parity and oral contraceptive use. Given reductions in birth rates and increases in oral contraceptive use over time, associations in more recent birth cohorts may differ. Furthermore, consideration of ovarian cancer heterogeneity (i.e., Type I/II invasive cancers) may contribute to a better understanding of etiology. We examined hormone-related factors in relation to ovarian cancer risk overall, for Type I and Type II cancers, as well as borderline tumors...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102524/heat-transfer-capability-of-ethylene-glycol-water-based-nanofluids-containing-graphene-nanoplatelets-design-and-thermophysical-profile
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D Cabaleiro, L Colla, S Barison, L Lugo, L Fedele, S Bobbo
This research aims at studying the stability and thermophysical properties of nanofluids designed as dispersions of sulfonic acid-functionalized graphene nanoplatelets in an (ethylene glycol + water) mixture at (10:90)% mass ratio. Nanofluid preparation conditions were defined through a stability analysis based on zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Thermal conductivity, dynamic viscosity, and density were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 283.15 to 343.15 K and nanoparticle mass concentrations of up to 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102509/mice-optimize-timed-decisions-about-probabilistic-outcomes-under-deadlines
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Ezgi Gür, Fuat Balcı
Optimal performance in temporal decisions requires the integration of timing uncertainty with environmental statistics such as probability or cost functions. Reward maximization under response deadlines constitutes one of the most stringent examples of these problems. The current study investigated whether and how mice can optimize their timing behavior in a complex experimental setting under a response deadline in which reward maximization required the integration of timing uncertainty with a geometrically increasing probability/decreasing cost function...
January 19, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102468/mutation-of-the-herc-1-ubiquitin-ligase-impairs-associative-learning-in-the-lateral-amygdala
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Eva Mª Pérez-Villegas, José V Negrete-Díaz, Mª Elena Porras-García, Rocío Ruiz, Angel M Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Moreno, José A Armengol
Tambaleante (tbl/tbl) is a mutant mouse that carries a spontaneous Gly483Glu substitution in the HERC1 (HECT domain and RCC1 domain) E3 ubiquitin ligase protein (HERC1). The tbl/tbl mutant suffers an ataxic syndrome given the almost complete loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells during adult life. More recent analyses have identified alterations at neuromuscular junctions in these mice, as well as in other neurons of the central nervous system, such as motor neurons in the spinal cord, or pyramidal neurons in the hippocampal CA3 region and the neocortex...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102466/the-care-of-the-ultra-orthodox-jewish-patient
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Ezra Gabbay, Matthew W McCarthy, Joseph J Fins
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community embraces a system of values and a rigorous behavioral code that are deeply rooted in religious tradition and history. Here we describe some of the unique challenges that stem from the encounter between modern medical practice and the Ultra-Orthodox world. Through examples of clinical and ethical scenarios ranging from prenatal care to end-of-life decisions, we illustrate problems related to observance of age-old practices in a modern hospital setting, balancing acceptance of Divine will with standard risk assessment, reconciliation of patient autonomy with deference to rabbinic authority and fear of stigma associated with mental illness in a traditional society...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102421/the-nature-of-the-light-absorption-and-emission-transitions-of-4-hydroxybenzophenone-in-different-solvents-a-combined-computational-and-experimental-study
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Francesco Barsotti, Giovanni Ghigo, Silvia Berto, Davide Vione
The photophysics and photochemistry of 4-hydroxybenzophenone (4HOBP) are interesting because they can give some insight into the behavior of humic material. Here we show that 4HOBP has a number of fluorescence peaks: (i) an intense one at excitation/emission wavelengths Ex/Em ∼ 200-230/280-370 nm, likely due to an excitation transition from S0 to S5 or S6, followed by S2 → S0 in emission (Sn denotes the singlet states of 4HOBP); (ii) a minor peak at Ex/Em ∼ 270-300/320-360 nm (S0 → S2 in absorption and S2 → S0 in emission), and (iii) very interesting signals in the typical emission region of humic substances, most notably at Ex/Em ∼ 200-220/400-500 nm and Ex/Em ∼ 260-280/400-470 nm (in both cases the emission corresponded to an S1 → S0 transition)...
January 19, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102366/aurora-kinase-a-is-a-biomarker-for-bladder-cancer-detection-and-contributes-to-its-aggressive-behavior
#17
Aaron Mobley, Shizhen Zhang, Jolanta Bondaruk, Yan Wang, Tadeusz Majewski, Nancy P Caraway, Li Huang, Einav Shoshan, Guermarie Velazquez-Torres, Giovanni Nitti, Sangkyou Lee, June Goo Lee, Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, Daniel Willis, Li Zhang, Charles C Guo, Hui Yao, Keith Baggerly, Yair Lotan, Seth P Lerner, Colin Dinney, David McConkey, Menashe Bar-Eli, Bogdan Czerniak
The effects of AURKA overexpression associated with poor clinical outcomes have been attributed to increased cell cycle progression and the development of genomic instability with aneuploidy. We used RNA interference to examine the effects of AURKA overexpression in human bladder cancer cells. Knockdown had minimal effects on cell proliferation but blocked tumor cell invasion. Whole genome mRNA expression profiling identified nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) as a downstream target that was repressed by AURKA...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102357/a-single-identified-glomerulus-in-the-zebrafish-olfactory-bulb-carries-the-high-affinity-response-to-death-associated-odor-cadaverine
#18
Milan Dieris, Gaurav Ahuja, Venkatesh Krishna, Sigrun I Korsching
The death-associated odor cadaverine, generated by bacteria-mediated decarboxylation of lysine, has been described as the principal activator of a particular olfactory receptor in zebrafish, TAAR13c. Low concentrations of cadaverine activated mainly TAAR13c-expressing olfactory sensory neurons, suggesting TAAR13c as an important element of the neuronal processing pathway linking cadaverine stimulation to a strongly aversive innate behavioral response. Here, we characterized the initial steps of this neuronal pathway...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102342/neural-activity-in-the-dorsal-medial-superior-temporal-area-of-monkeys-represents-retinal-error-during-adaptive-motor-learning
#19
Aya Takemura, Tomoyo Ofuji, Kenichiro Miura, Kenji Kawano
To adapt to variable environments, humans regulate their behavior by modulating gains in sensory-to-motor processing. In this study, we measured a simple eye movement, the ocular following response (OFR), in monkeys to study the neuronal basis of adaptive motor learning in the visuomotor processing stream. The medial superior temporal (MST) area of the cerebral cortex is a critical site for contextual gain modulation of the OFR. However, the role of MST neurons in adaptive gain modulation of the OFR remains unknown...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102314/improved-solar-driven-photocatalytic-performance-of-highly-crystalline-hydrogenated-tio2-nanofibers-with-core-shell-structure
#20
Ming-Chung Wu, Ching-Hsiang Chen, Wei-Kang Huang, Kai-Chi Hsiao, Ting-Han Lin, Shun-Hsiang Chan, Po-Yeh Wu, Chun-Fu Lu, Yin-Hsuan Chang, Tz-Feng Lin, Kai-Hsiang Hsu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Kun-Mu Lee, Jing-Jong Shyue, Krisztián Kordás, Wei-Fang Su
Hydrogenated titanium dioxide has attracted intensive research interests in pollutant removal applications due to its high photocatalytic activity. Herein, we demonstrate hydrogenated TiO2 nanofibers (H:TiO2 NFs) with a core-shell structure prepared by the hydrothermal synthesis and subsequent heat treatment in hydrogen flow. H:TiO2 NFs has excellent solar light absorption and photogenerated charge formation behavior as confirmed by optical absorbance, photo-Kelvin force probe microscopy and photoinduced charge carrier dynamics analyses...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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